Toilet paper is an endless part of our daily life. However, there are alternatives that are more respectful of the environment. These could prevent the felling of tens of thousands of trees per day!
Alternative 1: water
As the WorldWatch Institute reports, the equivalent of about 27,000 trees would finish their run in the toilet in paper form each day. Reported over the year, this number still exceeds 10 million! While we often think of deforestation as a massive ecological disaster, finding alternatives is not a luxury.
The first ecological alternative to toilet paper is rather surprising. Indeed, water is already the means used by just under three-quarters of humanity to rinse off the toilet. Note that the standard flow rate of a bidet is 0.5 litres of water per minute compared to 287 litres for making a roll of toilet paper! In addition, this production results in greywater (not drinkable) due to the dilution of the chlorine used to bleach the paper. If the traditional bidet is largely shunned, it has been reinvented in a portable version as shown in the video at the end of the article.
Alternative 2: tissue paper
Indeed, we are talking about reusable toilet paper. Also available in roll form, this paper is made of cotton on one side and absorbent fabric on the other. However, it appears difficult to completely replace the use of conventional toilet paper in this way. However, drastically reducing its consumption is quite possible. On the other hand, this tissue toilet paper must be cleaned at a very high temperature to eliminate all bacteria. And when you’re done with your rolls, instead of throwing cardboard leftovers in the trash, you can smartly recycle them with these few creative ideas.
Alternative 3: recycling
Recycled paper toilet paper has been around for a few years. However, it is still struggling to establish itself on store shelves. It must be said that its light brown colour – the natural colour of cellulose fibre – does not appeal to many. The same goes for its texture, a little less soft. On the other hand, this paper does the job very well!
Other ecological papers exist, such as the one made from recycled bricks from the French company Lucart. This is a way to recover the 74,000 tonnes of waste transformed into 3.5 billion food cartons each year in our country.